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Umbria, Cycling The Green Heart of Italy - 8 day tour

Perugia to Orvieto - Classic Self-Guided 8 day

Umbria is the birthplace of St. Francis, the heart of Roman Italy and home to some of Italy's best preserved medieval towns. Bicycle past vineyards, chestnut and oak forests, and across rolling hills to monasteries, castles, and hilltop villages unchanged since the Middle Ages. Start in Perugia the ancient and modern capital of Umbria, continue to Assisi, the home of Saint Francis, through enchanting hilltop towns such as Spello, Spoleto, Todi and Orvieto.

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Perugia and Umbria

    Highlights: The well-known artistic centre of Italy: Perugia

    Arrive in Perugia today, the ancient and modern capital of Umbria. Perugia is famous for Perugina chocolate and its vibrant old town! Take time to explore it today or tomorrow morning. We'll meet you for bike fitting and briefing in the afternoon.

    Daily distance: 0-12 km (0-7.5 miles).

    Accomodation: Hotel La Rosetta, or similar.

  • Day 2

    Bicycle from Perugia to Assisi

    Highlights: Assisi, the town of Saint Francis

    Leave Perugia to enter the Umbrian Basin and arrive to Assisi. You'll want to explore the church of Saint Francis, the second most important pilgrimage destination in Italy after St. Peter's in Rome. If you arrive early you might enjoy an extra ride to the hermitage just outside the village where Francis often retreated for meditation.

    You have two options for your ride today:

    Long option: 38 km (23.5 miles), with + 721 m (2365 ft) elevation gain.
    Short option: 31 km (19 miles), with + 394 m (1292 ft) elevation gain.
    Extra ride from Assisi to the hermitage: 14 km (9 miles), with + 515m (1690 ft) elevation gain.

    Accommodation: Hotel Giotto, or similar.

  • Day 3

    Bicycle from Assisi to Bevagna

    Highlights: Roman ruins in Spello, medieval wall and Renaissance buildings

    You leave Assisi behind you this morning and head south to Spello, a puzzle made of Roman, Medieval and Renaissance pieces. 13th century town walls connect Roman gateways dating to the 1st century BC and AD. Take time to explore and you'll find the 13th century town hall dominating the Renaissance town square. From Spello you pedal to Foligno another Roman town but with fewer Roman ruins. Enjoy lunch in the square and then head across the Umbria valley to Bevagna. Bevagna is the picture of a well-preserved Medieval village. It, too, dates from Roman times and is centered on the 13th century square and town hall. Unlike most Medieval towns, Bevagna is located on the flat of the Umbrian Basin.

    Daily distance: 35 km (22 miles)
    Elevation gain: + 324 m (1063 ft)

    Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti, or similar.

  • Day 4

    Bicycle from Bevagna to Spoleto

    Highlights: The preserved town of Spoleto, its fortress, the Roman aqueduct

    Your ride todays takes you to the well-preserved medieval town of Spoleto, famous throughout the world for the Festival dei due Mondi, a three week dance, music and opera festival. Arrive early to discover the hidden corners of this fabulous town that dates back to Roman times. Don't miss the Cathedral and a walk to the fortress Fortezza Albornoz on top of Colle Sant' Elia.

    Daily distance: 34 km (21 miles)
    Elevation gain: + 211 m (692 ft)
    Extra ride to Monteluco available: 17 km (11 miles), with + 509m (1670 ft) elevation gain

    Accommodation: Hotel Clittuno, or similar.

  • Day 5

    From Spoleto to Todi

    Highlights: Off the beaten track to medieval Todi

    You're route today takes you away from the busy heartland of Umbria to the beautiful hilltop town of Todi. Todi's history is one of the region's oldest: three thousand years of continual inhabitance by Umbrians, Etruscans, and Romans. Today its main square "Piazza del Popolo" is often described as the most perfect medieval piazza in Italy. Discover why.

    Daily distance: 57 km (35 miles)
    Elevation gain: + 787 m (2582 ft)

    Accomodation: Hotel Fonte Cesia, or similar.

  • Day 6

    Todi to Orvieto

    Highlights: Orvieto and its Duomo

    A quiet ride along the shoulders of the Tiber Valley takes you to the spectacular Renaissance city of Orvieto. Perched on the remnant of a volcanic plateau, Orvieto is one of the most beautiful cities in Umbria. Its cathedral, a transition style between Romanesque and Gothic architecture, is richly decorated with a variety of colored marble and bright mosaics. Orvieto is also famous for its white wine.

    Daily distance: 47 km (29 miles)
    Elevation gain: + 944 m (3097 ft)

    Accomodation: Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini, or similar.

  • Day 7

    Loop ride to Civita and Bolsena

    Highlights: "Ghost town" of Civita di Bagnoregio and Bolsena Volcanic Lake

    We suggest a loop ride today to one of several volcanic lakes in this part of Italy, the Lago di Bolsena. Before getting to the lake the ride will take you to the "ghost town" of Civita di Bagnoregio. Take time to explore this interesting village.

    Daily distance: 65 km (41 miles)

    Elevation gain: + 1292 m (4239 ft)

    Accomodation: Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini, or similar.

  • Day 8

    Tour ends in Orvieto

    Highlights:

    After breakfast your cycling experience in Umbria ends. We hope you have enjoyed cycling with us! Orvieto is conveniently located on the main rail line to Florence or to Rome. It is also beautiful enough to warrant a relaxing rest day if you are so inclined.


    PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.

Includes Includes 7 nights in 3- and 4-star lodging; all breakfasts; bike fitting and briefing in English by our professional staff at tour start; GPS device with pre-loaded navigation routes (one for every two cyclists); access to smartphone app with tracks and digital roadbook; printed roadbook with detailed daily information, maps and more; luggage transfers.

Not Included Travel to and from the tour start and end; bicycle rental (see Prices tab); entrance to museums or other activities not indicated as included; city hotel tax (2 to 5 euro per night per person, to be paid locally by traveler); Any meals or beverages not indicated as included.

Solo Traveler and Private Group departures available: please inquire.

Lodging Upgrade: room upgrades are possible in some hotels - please inquire for prices and availability.

Private transfers (please inquire for prices and availability)
Perugia airport - Perugia
Orvieto - Rome airport

Extra nights: please inquire about adding nights along the itinerary or before/after the tour.

Extra meals and activities (please inquire on prices and availability):

Day 1 – Dinner at the hotel in Perugia
Day 2 – Guided visit of Assisi
Day 4 or 5 - Olive oil tasting in Bevagna
Day 6 – Dinner at the hotel in Spoleto
Day 7 – Dinner at the hotel in Todi
Day 9 – Guided visit of Orvieto

Cooking class* available in more than one location along the way. You will be hosted by a local cook - your "Cesarina" - at their home in a class during which you will help the Cesarina prepare a whole meal. At the end of the class, you will enjoy the meal (3-course lunch or dinner) which you prepared.
*Inquire for prices.

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Navigation and roadbook:
On our CLASSIC self-guided tours, detailed tour information and route navigation tracks are provided through a GPS device (one included for every two cyclists), a smartphone application, as well as a printed roadbook with thorough daily descriptions and maps. Our "digital roadbook" is delivered to tour participants via the Ride With GPS app, accessed on a smartphone - daily maps, elevation profiles, routes and ride descriptions; schedules and hotel itinerary; cultural and sightseeing information, visit suggestions; emergency numbers and more, all stored in one organized, easy to use app. Downloading the app content also allows for offline mode navigation. Participants can also upload the routes to their own GPS device, and even print the detailed route notes before leaving home; or rely completely on the detailed roadbook that we will print for you and deliver at tour start

For more information on our navigation options, as well as the smartphone app, please read our blog: What's it like to navigate on our self-guided tours?

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Luggage transfers are included in your package:
The luggage is normally collected from 09.00 at the reception of the hotel and is delivered at the following hotel by 15.30. Every piece of luggage must be marked with a visible luggage tag. Please make sure yours have correct tags. If your luggage is not ready by the time the driver comes to collect it, you may have to pay a local taxi for the service.

Please consider that the luggage is not insured during the transport. You need to have your own insurance. Do not leave valuables or fragile items in your luggage.
Normally, the luggage transport service cannot be used by participants to skip the cycling stage. In case you need help to skip the cycling stage, please contact our emergency number and we will arrange it for you.


PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.

Tour code: itbs4129
Countries Italy
Begin/End Perugia / Orvieto
Arrive/Depart How to get there and away:
Florence Airport (FLR) / Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

Starting point: Albergo La Rosetta - Piazza Italia, 19, Perugia
- We recommend flying into Rome or Florence Airport
- A private transfer from Rome Airport to your hotel in Perugia is about 2.5 hours long. Please inquire about the price
- Near terminals 1-3 and 5 of Fiumicino airport, a taxi service to Rome is available (Pronto Taxi 6645; Taxi Roma). The cost is approximately 50€ (baggage included) for a maximum of four passengers
- The train takes you from Rome Airport to Stazione Termini, Rome central station. It runs every 15/30 minutes from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm and costs €14
- "Sit Bus Shuttle" bus offers the best connection (about 1 hour) to and from Fiumicino Airport. The bus stop at the airport is located outside Terminal 3 (one-way ticket is €6)

Ending point: Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini – Piazza Ranieri 36, Orvieto
- You can fly out from Rome or Florence that are connected to Orvieto by train

Airport transfers:
- See the starting point section above


Final arrival and departure instructions along with other detailed pre-travel documents, will be e-mailed prior to your travel, with information specific to your departure (including the actual hotels used on your tour dates, which may vary from the hotels listed above.)

* the hotels and prices listed above are for reference only and are subject to change (based on availability and seasonality)
Total Distance 201-337km (125-210 miles)
Daily Distance 0 - 64 km (0 - 40 miles)

Difficulty description: The tour starts easy then it gets hilly, but distances are moderate so take your time! For an easy option you can end in Spoleto.
Rating 201 to 301
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Notes
Terms Terms & Conditions
Dates Prices Single Supplement
Dates Available March 1 to October 31, 2022

Starts every Monday. Other start days available by request (extra fee applies). Please note that starting on certain days of the week will make some visits (such as museums or tastings) impossible.

Per person price based on double occupancy with 2 participants per departure minimum; Single rooms and Solo Traveler departures available - see supplemental fees on the right.

Group Discounts for 6 or more participants booking together on the same departure! Please inquire for details through our contact form below.


Please inquire about possible discounts when joining one of the following 2022 confirmed departures (pending hotel availability):
May 23, 30
June 12
July 3

Bike Rental options:
We offer quality bikes in different styles, all great options for this bike tour. Our bikes are maintained and delivered in optimal working condition.

The prices below are per bike for the duration of the tour, including delivery to starting point in Perugia and collection from ending point in Orvieto.

Bike rental rates

Aluminum hybrid: €120
Premium Titanium road or hybrid: €160
E-bike (hybrid with straight handlebar): €240
Tandem: €280 (price per bike, for 2 cyclists)
Tag-along or kid trailer: €70

For detailed specs and photos of our bikes, see our website - Bike Rentals Italy.

High-Season supplement (May-June, September and early October): Hotels and/or bikes may be subject to availability, and a supplemental fee of €100 per person may be applied on new departure dates.

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If you want to dive deeper into the beauty of enchanting Umbria, adding two additional two-night stays and wonderful loop rides, check out our Umbria 10day tour !
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Additional useful information:

• Do you have any questions about how our bike tours work? Check out our FAQs page!

• Curious about the difference between our Casual and Classic self-guided tours? Check out our introduction blog on Casual Self-Guided Tours.

• We offer various tools for navigation - this page details what it's like to navigate on our self-guided tours.

• If the self-guided formula isn't right for you, check out this blog introducing the differences between Guided and Self-Guided Tours.
Prices €1180 per person Single Supplement €225 fee for private, double room

€715 solo traveler fee (only one person on departure)
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